We will be profiling each of the candidate who will lead the Republican Party to victory in Colorado, beginning with the top-of-the-ticket, Bob Beauprez.
DENVER — Bob Beauprez, a buffalo rancher and a former congressman and community banker, defeated three rivals in a crowded Republican primary election on Tuesday to become his party’s choice to take on Colorado’s governor this November, The Associated Press reported.
With about 73 percent of the vote counted, Mr. Beauprez had 31 percent. His closest competitor, Tom Tancredo, also a former congressman, had 26 percent.
For Colorado’s Republicans, it was a victory for pragmatism over populism. While Mr. Beauprez (pronounced beau-PRAY) also beat out Scott Gessler, the secretary of state, and Mike Kopp, an Army veteran and a former state senator, the candidate with the highest profile was Mr. Tancredo, a conservative who had built a national profile for incendiary comments and staunchly opposing illegal immigration.
Mr. Beauprez and other conservatives have said they will attack Mr. Hickenlooper on crime and justice issues like his decision to grant a reprieve to Nathan Dunlap, one of the three men on Colorado’s death row. As Mr. Dunlap’s execution date for killing four people approached in May 2013, Mr. Hickenlooper gave him a temporary reprieve, sparing his life but potentially raising the issue again when a new governor takes office.